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. new information about the nomination of the former senator, chuck hagel, to be the nation's next secretary of defense. let's go to capitol hill to dana bash. what are you learning? >> reporter: cnn has learned that chuck hagel's confirmation to be the next defense secretary appears to be all but certain. the reason we can report that is by some excellent digging by our producers. what they have found out is they have found at least five republican senators who have said that they would oppose any filibuster to block hagel's nomination. so mathematically what that would mean is even if there would be a filibuster, which is still an if, he would likely have the votes to overcome that and would go on to become the next defense secretary. they talked to a lot of senators, a lot of senators' offices and they came up with five. only two of them are actually going to support hagel's nomination, but the other three, richard burr, john mccain, and todd coburn have all told us they would oppose a filibuster if it came to that. we don't know when the vote will happen. first he has to go thr
's bring it all together and have a real discussion. >> one of the other issues on the table is chuck hagel, the nominee for secretary of defense. let you get on the record for that. is he someone who you can support on the job? >> i had him in my office a couple of weeks ago, we had some discussion. i haven't taken a position on the hagel nomination. and, of course, following the committee closely also. i'm still reading the transcript, trying to figure out what direction i want to go on this particular nomination. i'll leave at that. >> senator mccain will fight any efforts to filibuster this. you are not sure how you will vote on an up-or-down vote, but would you oppose a filibuster? >> i don't know at this point. i probably would. i don't know at this point. i think he deserves an opportunity to come forward and make his -- make his arguments and i think he's doing that now in the community -- in the committee itself. i will continue to follow this closely. >> senator, state of the union. one week from today. i don't know if that's the pin have you on the left lapel, part of the no-labe
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